Clinical Research Glossary

informed consent informed consent


The process of learning and discussing the details of a research study before deciding whether to take part.

Example of informed consent in a sentence

Informed consent is required for most research studies before a person can join as a participant.

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Informed consent is an ongoing conversation that occurs before someone can participate in a study and whenever information about the study changes.

A consent form is used as part of the informed consent process.

Other info to think about when joining a study

You may hear about “informed consent” often before you join a research study, and throughout your participation. A member of the study team will explain the research and answer any questions you have.

Before you agree to join a study, you should understand what the research is about and what you will need to do if you enroll.

Do not be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to. Someone from the study team should answer and clarify anything that is confusing. You can also take time to think about whether you want to join a study or not.

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